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PARKER STRAUS, LLP SUPPORTS THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Having a WILD time, and helping those in their time of need, some of the Parker Straus team joined a full house at The Fort Worth Club Outdoor Sports Club Wild Game Dinner on Sept. 8, 2017.

The annual dinner, auction and raffle raised more than $320,000 to support the Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth.

For more information on how to help the Ronald Mcdonald House Fort Worth provide support and shelter for families of children undergoing medical treatment, please visit www.rmhfw.org.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP PARTNERS PRESENT AT THE THIRD ANNUAL CARGO THEFT SUMMIT

August 25, 2017, Monrovia, CA -- Michael Parker and Andrew Meyers presented at the third annual Cargo Theft Summit on Wednesday, August 23. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP MANAGING PARTNER PROMOTED TO MAJOR

August 24, 2017, Austin, TX – State Judge Advocate, Texas State Guard and Tarrant County Judge, Lt. Col. Charles Vanover, promoted Capt. Michael R. Parker to the rank of major last weekend. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP SPONSORS OK IASIU MEDICAL ISSUES TRAINING CONFERENCE

August 10, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK— The Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigations Unit’s (OKIASIU) Medical Issues Training Conference was held on August 10, 2017, in Oklahoma City. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS PRESENTS AT EMAT SYMPOSIUM

March 9, 2017, San Marcos - On March 6th to the 8th, the Emergency Management Association of Texas held its 10th Annual Symposium in San Marcos, Texas. The Emergency Management Association of Texas is a statewide group of Emergency Management professionals that seek to advance the profession within Texas. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP, ATTORNEYS TO PRESENT AT THE MILITARY AND VETERANS LAW SECTION OF STATE BAR OF TEXAS FALL CLE

August 31, 2016, Galveston - On October 20th to the 21st, the Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Texas will be holding its Fall CLE in Galveston, Texas. Military and Veterans Law Section members include active duty, reserve, and retired judge advocates of all branches of the military, as well as civilian lawyers who have interest in issues affecting the military and veterans. The section meets three times per year at locations throughout the state, in order to give members the opportunity to experience valuable continuing legal education on relevant topics at an affordable price. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP, ATTORNEYS ATTEND THE ANNUAL JUDICIARY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

June 23, 2016, Dallas - On June 23rd, three of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office, David M. Sarnacki, Molly F. Smith, and F. Terrell Fenner, had theopportunity to attend the annual Judiciary Appreciation Luncheon, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and the Judiciary Committee of the Dallas Bar Association. The luncheon was held at the Pavilion of the Belo Mansion. The event offered 1.0 hour of continuing legal education credit and was very informative pertaining to the amendments to the changes to local rules going into effect on September 1, 2016.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP, ATTORNEYS ATTEND THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS ANNUAL MEETING

June 16, 2016, Fort Worth - On June 16th and June 17th, one of our Partners, Jeffrey Valliere, and Associate Attorney, Rachel Roland, attended the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting. This year the event was held at the Fort Worth Omni and Convention Center. The Annual Meeting is the State Bar's largest conference of the year. The event takes part over the span of two days and featured a multitude of networking opportunities, speaker events and CLE sessions led by some of the nation's top legal professionals. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP, ATTORNEYS VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE THE STATE MOOT COURT COMPETITION

June 15, 2016, Fort Worth - On June 14th and June 15th, four of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office volunteered to judge the preliminary rounds of the State Moot Court Competition. The State Moot Court Competition is open to all ABA-accredited law schools in Texas and held in connection with the State Bar Annual Meeting. The Texas Supreme Court or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals presides over the final round (depending on whether it is a civil or criminal problem).This year’s problem was a civil cause before the Texas Supreme Court; you can find the problem here. The problem was inspired by Justice Willett, Justice Lehrmann, and Justice Devine’s dissent to the denial of the petition for review in El-Ali v. State, 428 S.W.3d 824, 825 (Tex. 2014). Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS & PRESENTS AT THE 24th ANNUAL FIFEC CONFERENCE

June 10, 2016, Orlando - From June 8th to June 10th, our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker and Associate Attorney, Rachel C. Roland, attended the 24th Annual Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Conference in Orlando, Florida. FIFEC began its formal existence as the DIF/SIU Annual Training Seminar representing the Florida Department of Insurance’s Division of Insurance Fraud and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) community in 1992 at Altamonte Springs. In 1997, it was determined that the DIF/SIU Seminar had grown far too large an endeavor for a single SIU and FIFEC was formed. Over the years, FIFEC has offered continuous annual training seminars for DIF and SIU investigators, other law enforcement officers, prosecutors, insurance carrier adjusters and management, insurance defense attorneys and others in the ongoing fight to combat all forms of insurance fraud. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS THE SDIAA ENDLESS SUMMER GOLF TOURNAMENT

June 3, 2016, San Marcos - On June 3rd, Marvin J. Straus and Andrew S. Meyers, Partners in our San Diego Office, attended the SDIAA Endless Summer Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks Golf Course. The event is put on annually by the SDIAA. SDIAA stands for San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association. The San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association (SDIAA), founded in 1945, is San Diego's oldest and largest professional adjuster organization. With over 450 members, their mission is to promote harmony and cordial business relations among the claims profession and those businesses associated with the insurance industry. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS THE NTIASIU ONE DAY FRAUD CONFERENCE

May 18, 2016, Grapevine - On May 18th, 11 Attorneys, from our Fort Worth office attended the North Texas Chapter of IASIU’s One Day Fraud Conference in Grapevine, Texas at Grapevine Convention Center. In addition to attending the event, Parker Straus, LLP, sponsored the event on the Silver level and also was an exhibitor. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS ATTENDS SUPER LAWYERS RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE PARTNER J. ANDREW ROBERTSON

May 4, 2016, Dallas - On May 4, 2016, Texas Monthly, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, hosted a networking reception to celebrate the attorneys selected to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list. The event took place on Wednesday, May at the Museum of Modern Art - Hamon Atrium in Dallas. Guests mixed and mingled, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Read full article.


MARVIN J. STRAUS, ESQ., PRESENTS INSURANCE ETHICS CLASS TO SDIAA

April 14, 2016, San Diego - Marvin J. Straus, Partner in the San Diego office, presented a class on insurance ethics to the San Diego Insurance Adjusters Association (SDIAA) on April 14, 2016 in San Diego, California. Straus’ class, titled Insurance Ethics: What’s In It For Me?, focused on the importance of staying honest and principled in all matters concerning insurance law, insurance fraud defense, and insurance investigations. With a successful legal career dedicated to complex fraud litigation and bad faith insurance defense, Straus, who is also the Legal and Legislative Chairperson for the Board of Governors for the SDIAA, was able to provide unparalleled insight and unique knowledge to those in attendance. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS ATTEND & PRESENT AT IASIU SEMINAR

April 11, 2016, Ankeny - The Iowa-Nebraska Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) hosted its 19th Annual Training Seminar and Annual Meeting in Ankeny, Iowa on April 11th to the 13th. Our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker, Partner Jason D. Tomlin, and Associate Emily G. Cottingham all came out from the Fort Worth office to attend the event. While there, all three gave a presentation pertaining to the current trends in Chiropractic Fraud and how to improve investigation techniques.

If you wish to receive a copy of the presentation, feel free to contact us at media.parkerllp.com.


PARKER STRAUS ATTORNEYS ATTEND & PRESENT AT FARM BUREAU SEMINAR

April 4, 2016, Scottsdale - From April 4th to the 6th, our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker and Partners Andrew S. Meyers, San Diego, and J. Andrew Robert, Fort Worth, attended the 2016 Farm Bureau Fire-Fraud Seminar Agenda in Scottsdale, Arizona. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving and improving the Agriculture industry through member involvement in education, political activities, programs and services. AFBF is highly supported by Farm Bureau Financial Services, a company designed to meet the unique liability insurance needs of farmers. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP, ATTORNEYS VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE NATIONAL TRIAL COMPETITION

March 31, 2016, Fort Worth - On March 31st and April 1st, four of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office volunteered to judge the preliminary rounds of theNational Trial Competition finals. The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. This year the top 28 law school teams from across the country were invited to compete in the mock trial competition in Dallas, Texas at the George Allen Courthouse, on March 31st to April 2nd. Read full article.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP, ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERS

March 25, 2016, Fort Worth - Parker Straus, LLP, is pleased to announce the promotion of four Senior Associates to Partner in our Fort Worth Office. The new partners are: Eric A. Laue, J. Andrew Robertson, Jason D. Tomlin, and Jeffrey S. Valliere. Read full article.


2016 ANNUAL COWTOWN WARRIORS BALL

March 5, 2016, Fort Worth - On March 5, 2016, Parker Straus, LLP, attended the 3rd Annual Cowtown Warriors Ball in Fort Worth, TX. The Cowtown Warriors Ball is a function of the Metroplex Marines Coordinating Council (MMCC) operating under the 501(c)3 Metroplex Military Charitable Trust. In January 2013, the leadership of MMCC was notified that the active duty unit in Quantico, The Wounded Warrior Regiment, was being cut short of funds. In an effort to raise money for these Marines and Navy Corpsmen, Wounded Warrior Ball, now branded Cowtown Warriors Ball, was born to raise funds and cover costs not taken care of by the Department of Defense. Read full article.


ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK CLAY SHOOT EVENT

February 20, 2016, Fort Worth - On February 20th, our Managing Partner, Michael R. Parker, and several Associates of our Fort Worth team joined the North Texas Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) at Elm Fork Shooting Sports for their Clay Shoot Fundraising Event. The mission of the RMEF is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Since its establishment in 1984, RMEF has protected and enhanced over 6.7 million acres of wildlife habitat. Additionally, the organization has helped open access to more than 852,000 acres for public hunting and other recreation. Read full article.


NTIASIU SOCIAL HOUR HOSTED BY PARKER STRAUS, LLP IN OCTOBER

In advance of the NTIASIU Fraud Conference in October, Parker Straus, LLP will host a social hour on October 15 from 6pm-8pm at Tolbert’s Grapevine. Open to all attendees of the conference, the social hour will feature Texas Wines, locally made craft beers and appetizers. To rsvp for the event, please send an email to amc@parkerllp.com.


NTIASIU FRAUD CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER

August 18, 2014, Grapevine - As a part of the North Texas IASIU One-Day Fraud Conference in October, Managing Partner Michael Parker will give a presentation on the “Effective Use of Rule 202 Depositions in Bodily Injury Claims Fraud.” The conference will be held in Grapevine, Texas at the Grapevine Convention Center on October 16 from 8am - 5pm. To register for NTIASIU Fraudtoberfest, visit www.nitasiu.org.


PARKER STRAUS, LLP ATTORNEYS SPEAK AT AASIU CONFERENCE

August 14, 2014, Phoenix - Partner Andrew S. Meyers and Senior Attorney Simon P. Kennedy were guest speakers at the Arizona Association of Special Investigation Units (AASIU) Annual Conference held in Phoenix. Their presentation, “Staged Accidents, EDR Data and Evidence Spoliation” was given to the collective group of special investigators from a variety of major insurance carriers.


ARE NEW TAXI SERVICES DRIVING AROUND IN INSURANCE LIMBO?

May 27, 2014 - Original content provided by Parker Straus, LLP for the NTIASIU and TASIU newsletters.Over the past few years, transportation networks companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft have emerged throughout major cities in the United States, and some even worldwide. TNCs are defined as organizations that provide prearranged transportation services for compensation using an online-enabled application or platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal vehicles.Read full article.


MANAGING PARTNER MICHAEL PARKER SPEAKS AT LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING

MRJ 3-26-14March 26, 2014, Los Angeles - The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA) hosted a training day specifically designed for law enforcement. Michael Parker, Managing Partner of Parker Straus, LLP, and Chiropractor Philip D. Rake provided technical expertise to investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies in attendance. Detectives representing the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Polices Department and the State of California Department of Insurance were present.